Popforward: London Grammar
Lately the music scene has witnessed the inevitable antithesis to EDM. A small wave of new acts makes music that is more likely to gently stroke a listener’s chin, rather than shout at one’s face threatening to ‘drop’. London Grammar are UK’s brightest new hope. Already scoring a #2 album across the pond, the band is making their way to America. A mix between The XX, Florence & The Machine and Sia, London Grammar’s sound is really as stately and deceptively modest as the name suggests. At times they also remind me of Trespassers William too.
I first got hooked on early single “Metal & Dust”, a gorgeous trip-hop throwback that knows when to hold and release. Follow-up single “Wasting My Young Years” is one of those ballads that might send a lump down your throat in an appropriate mood. It might actually rival the grandeur of Sia’s “Breathe Me”, and I don’t say that lightly. However, “Strong” is the one with mass appeal, landing them their first Top 20 single in Britain. The old-school drum-and-bass High Contrast remix confirms that they sound just as good over block rockin’ beats.
As nice as the electronic embellishment around their production is, it’s Hannah Reid’s powerhouse vocals that took center in every song. Her guest vocals on Disclosure’s “Help Me Lose My Mind” is a thing of sunset-in-Ibiza beauty. For such a new band, they’re really building up a solid discography.
STREAM: London Grammar – Metal & Dust
Check out their US tour dates after the jump.
Sept 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
Sept 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Popscene @ Rickshaw
Sept 28 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
Sept 30 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
Oct 1 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune
Oct 3 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Oct 4 – Toronto, ON @ Black Box
Oct 6 – Washington, DC @ U Street
Oct 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Oct 8 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Oct 10 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall